Cost of Living in Cebu

Summary about cost of living in Cebu:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200.00 ₱ 150.00-300.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 ₱ 500.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 185.00 ₱ 100.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 50.00 ₱ 45.00-80.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 100.00 ₱ 80.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 112.33 ₱ 72.84-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 24.48 ₱ 20.00-39.02
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.94 ₱ 10.00-20.81
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 296.21 ₱ 264.98-321.76
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 49.57 ₱ 31.75-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 22.63 ₱ 18.14-27.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 76.44 ₱ 60.00-82.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 401.80 ₱ 136.08-680.39
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 85.90 ₱ 54.43-108.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 120.96 ₱ 68.04-172.37
Apples (1 lb) 47.48 ₱ 22.68-90.72
Banana (1 lb) 25.95 ₱ 13.61-31.75
Oranges (1 lb) 53.07 ₱ 27.22-72.57
Tomato (1 lb) 21.17 ₱ 15.88-27.22
Potato (1 lb) 34.38 ₱ 22.68-45.36
Onion (1 lb) 25.70 ₱ 18.14-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 50.00 ₱ 40.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 28.60 ₱ 20.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 400.00 ₱ 200.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 41.00 ₱ 30.00-60.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 88.33 ₱ 60.00-120.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 70.00 ₱ 60.00-80.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.00 ₱ 7.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 540.00 ₱ 240.00-840.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 40.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 20.92 ₱ 16.09-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ₱ 105.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 159.73 ₱ 132.07-181.70
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,350,000.00 ₱ 1,350,000.00-1,600,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,069,750.00 ₱ 800,000.00-1,320,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,387.53 ₱ 3,000.00-7,650.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 6.44 ₱ 5.00-8.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,275.87 ₱ 1,200.00-3,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,916.62 ₱ 1,200.00-2,600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 216.67 ₱ 150.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 212.50 ₱ 200.00-250.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 20,000.00 ₱ 20,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 551,489.96 ₱ 551,489.96-551,489.96
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,344.44 ₱ 1,200.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,166.67 ₱ 400.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,555.56 ₱ 1,999.00-4,300.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,522.22 ₱ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 20,285.71 ₱ 9,600.00-30,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 11,068.18 ₱ 7,000.00-16,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 32,700.00 ₱ 22,500.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,164.73 ₱ 12,000.00-35,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 7,644.82 ₱ 5,109.62-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,663.69 ₱ 3,716.09-6,967.67
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 13,754.55 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.60 7.00-10.00

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Last update: February 2018
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76 Comments so far

#Kyle on Mar 17, 2018 :
currently, I am visiting in Cebu. I learned few things:
1. people are not truly friendly in this culture. fake and back stubbing you.
2. liars, liars, and liars!!! Locals have no self-respect as a professional should.

I am from NYC, and I will ensure I will educate people from the USA. be aware of liars. Can't trust people work for you, and can't trust real estate agents. All are liars. From respecting them to really look them down now.
#Rick Ellis on Feb 12, 2018 :
I'm talking to a girl that lives in lapu lapu she says everything is expensive there is this tru?
#Wayne on Dec 16, 2017 :
You can not own land or a house in The Philippines . But you can own a condo .
#James on Dec 16, 2017 :
Cebu is a great place to visit , live or retire. The cost of living is cheap compaired to the western world. There are parts of the city that are not safe. But you can avoid them. The people are friendly . You can find that most speak English . They have a rich culture.
#L Garcia on Nov 26, 2017 :
Hi, I'm not from Cebu but I would like to practice my profession there as a licensed real estate broker. I am regulated by the PRC (professional regulation commission). So, I am licensed to broker properties with developers and private owners anywhere in the Philippines. If ever you need help figuring out what property to buy, contact me for advice and assistance. I would be able to discuss to you and assist you on what you need to know ( the pros and cons) in buying property as a foreigner. You may not know me but I can show you my license and that it is authentic, and that I am a professional duly licensed who will help you because it is my job. email me:
#Anonymous on Oct 02, 2017 :
To XPAT...Traveler50yrs

Not sure which part of the globe you came from mate. The way you describe the Philippines or perhaps you are referring to Cebu in particular is pathetic. It inly shows that you are not a traveler and lacks proper education. I suppose you came from the "underworld" and not from a civilized, peace loving world!!!!
#Leonardo Martinez on May 14, 2017 :
Very well put, Jack Orthman. With respectful understanding of people and surroundings will take you many Smiles!
#XPAT..Traveler50yrs on May 03, 2017 :
When you come to the Philippines ..Trust no one...believe no one....keep you hands on your not look like you have money...don't ask for any help from one because no one cares about you or anything...also don't get sick here and don't call police for anything again no one cares..if your from a 3rd world country or running away for a place to hide this is a good place..your on your own matter where you live..IT Park OR Ayala,Busay, Maria Luisa,dirty streets and poor people, and ...NO NICE BEACHES.....just a poor or around the city you have squatters and bad areas...if you live here or stay any amount of time be sure it has armed guards..NOT A JOKE...if you can Take care of yourself..Hells Angels Biker will have no problem..enjoy Cebu and the Philipplines.....If your a Foreigner Here Your a Target
#robert on Feb 10, 2017 :
if you want to compare housing you need to tell size ... example 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment 55 sq meters ???? and most apartments come stripped
#Scott on Feb 05, 2017 :
im looking at these numbers and some do not add up. ive never had an electric bill under 6,00" peso in the entire almost 4 years ive been in the philippines, i have two aircons with ac running 12 hours a day on average afternoon through 4am throughout the week but in the summer wow it could run 24/7 with some of the city heat. in cebu i average 8,900 normally in the summer closer to 11k. in manila in a 40m apartment i averaged around 6,000 with my highest being 9000 in the summer. water anywhere from 100 to 400 peso. i have lived in both manila and cebu long term similar places, manila in costs for me is cheaper but if your a city person. in cebu i feel u need at least a motor bike where as in manila its very easy to figure out public transpo and safe in my opinion on the mrt and lrt. accordibg to this site cebu is 2% more expensive than manila i would go as far to say cebu is closer to 10% more. i think do to more vacationers in cebu some resort areas are very high priced even for locals
#Jack Orthman on Jan 26, 2017 :
Everyone writing bad things about Cebu in the Philippines is not telling the truth. The people in Cebu are very educated. Almost every person you meet speaks enough English to communicate and a high percent of people speak better English that Americans. I have been to Cebu several times and I am always amazed regarding how well I am treated by every person in the country. Sure, there are some bad people in the Philippines and there are millions of bad people in the United States. Some of the things cost more and some cost less, but why would you expect that anything in the Philippines should cost less just because you think the place is a 3rd world country. I am an American and the problem I see with a high percent of Americans is they think they are better than people in other countries. Trust me! As far as education goes the Filipinos are much more educated than most Americans because they take education much more seriously so they can have a better life. If Americans are going to travel to the Philippines for sex and flaunt their money in the natives faces then I have no problem with the women taking what they can. Those same fools that get scammed in the Philippines are the same fools who get scammed in the United States. I find that if you treat the Filipinos with respect they are very humble, very hard workers, very educated and you will they are very loyal. Of course, for American scumbags who look for trouble it is no harder to find and I am sure you went to the Philippines because you have problems at home, in the first place.
#josh on Jan 10, 2017 :
Most of the highest price rates are not even close, I have never had less then 8,000peso electric bill, and that is just bedroom new aircon. If you want to live decent in Cebu you need $2,000 a month to live on if you want to live normal, as the things we westerns like and comfort do cost more, sometimes more than the states.
#vitek on Jan 10, 2017 :
my house 30000, electric 15000 , subdivision monthly 5000 , food rostan every 2 days 6000 , restaurants , coffee shops , disco 30000 to 40000, helper 7000, cigarettes 5600 . gasoline i dont know , visa extension 5000 every 2 months.
#Aking9999 on Dec 21, 2016 :
Can anyone tell me the average cost of leasing a small farm for Vegetable growing, rearing pigs and chickens.

I am trying to work out a rule of thumb
#Athena on Sep 30, 2016 :
I am just a fresh graduate, but already dreaming big. I want to start reserving money for a lot in Cebu. Can anyone recommend me the most affordable lot being sold? I want to live independently and pursue my dreams to become successful and well- off.
#Ed too... on Sep 06, 2016 :
Labangon street side property can get pricy. V. Rama, Katipunan, Tres De Abril, all major routes are overpriced. P10k-P25k per sqm. Look at it from the perspective of a ROI. Is it an investment? If so how many in the market will be able to buy it from you. And more importan beware the capital gains, etc etc. Been there done that ( in Labangon), Its expensive.
#Ed on Aug 10, 2016 :
How much is the price of lot per square meter in Lanbangon cebu city particularly near the road?
#Anonymous on Aug 03, 2016 :
To Mike David,

Please stop making false statements regarding your business proposal, for there was never one! We don't accommodate your kind here in Cebu and globally. We don't tolerate opportunist such as you. Do you know the word "scam"? That is you, a scammer. Get lost and live these poor people alone. Get a job.
#mad allen on Jun 21, 2016 :
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the beheading of a Canadian hostage kidnapped by Islamist militants in the Philippines.
John Ridsdel, 68, was taken from a tourist resort with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September 2015.
In November, the Islamist militants released a video showing Mr Ridsdel and three other captives, and demanded a ransom of $80m (£55m).
Mr Trudeau called his death "an act of cold-blooded murder".
A Philippines army spokesman said Mr Ridsdel's severed head was found on the remote island of Jolo, hours after the Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired.
#Rochel Benigay on Jun 03, 2016 :
Places to Live and Retire in the World – Cebu, Philippines
#Jerry on Apr 22, 2016 :
Very expensive there,with 2000 Us$ you very low life there,count of course for the city only.
Better chose other place in Ph,all is overpriced and too far expensive in cebu city and everybody will rip you off there.
And everybody expect a lot of moeny from you(you pay the double for the half),even Manila is far cheaper.
My advice go Bacolod,Iloilo,Dumaguete,Tagaytay,Baguio,Angeles or Subic Area for retire ,you will spare a lot of money.Also for investment much better,condo prices half a price the other areas.
#Joy on Apr 17, 2016 :
My sister bought some land in Philippines. She had a hard time saying it belongs to her then my mom went there and threatened them. They finally backed off.
#Bill D on Mar 18, 2016 :
I just spent 3 months living in Lapu-lapu. I lived on about $900 US dollars a month. I ate out twice a day and got a hour long massage about every third day. 8200 pesos for a brand new studio apartment, electric 850 pesos ( maybe 15 to 20 hours aircon a month) water 40 pesos visa 3000 pesos I then gave myself 1000 pesos a day for food, entertainment, misc. Internet was free at the apartment. 500 pesos phone load lasts two months.
#NOQRTR on Sep 13, 2015 :
CEBU International Airport harassing tourist... CEBU Airport NOT SAVE FOR BACKPACKERS... Apparently the staff including the airport manager are on a crusade to pay back to western tourist for what xenophobic western officials are doing to Filipinos traveling abroad... Apparently sex tourist are warmly welcomed as they bring the money... AVOID CEBU as entry point... there have been several cases of deportation of Americans, Europeans and Australians back to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. The Philippine government is well informed about the occurrences but has not moved a finger. Good luck with the paedophiles and the sex tourist! You will need it...
##andyjay on Sep 09, 2015 :
Hi.everyone.Iive got 1bedroom condo unit(53sq.meters)two balconies.with own garage. I.T park(cebu business park)fully furnished with appliances.@40k(including monthly dues.) to owner..emai me if you are interested and more info
.@ thanks
#Mark Acosta on Jul 18, 2015 :
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#Yella Fella on Jul 11, 2015 :
After reading Jude Steven's blog (April 21)I have now found my pet Wombat's relation. Hi Jude my pet Wombat is just like you he eats, roots and leaves. His name is Shitbag.
#Sci on Jun 09, 2015 :
I have been coming to the PH for the past 10 years and have had my share of good and bad times too. In 2014, I moved to Cebu to live on my SS fund at $1400 per month. For myself, I can manage however, I make most all of my meals at home. When I first got here, I met a Pilipina from the internet (mistake) as she and an accomplice turned out to be scammers/gold diggers when they skillfully, her and her BF (she referred to as "cousin") kept pressuring me into purchasing a house and land. They kept saying: "You get nowhere renting." ~Really??? I lived in the US for 40+ yrs, married twice, bought 3 houses and I didn't know that! LOL!! But no foreigner - no matter what - CANNOT own land here in the Phils; at least not more than 40% -if you form a corporation. You can certainly buy - or shell-out the money for property - but the property has to be in a Pilipino's name. I don't operate well under pressure and ignored their pleas for the most part and within 3 weeks, I caught them together in the shower, so out they went with the garbage they were! :-]

This is an issue here as most all Pilipinos will side and adhere to their "fellow people," and very rarely will they be completely loyal to their foreigner partners. As it has been said here before, never trust anyone 100% and keep atop of all affairs -especially where your money is concerned! Also, it is true that the scammers, thieves, ripoffs are here and in abundance but pertaining to my prior sentence, be vigilant, and just use your common sense and act accordingly. Many times you can avoid an unfortunate occurrence but sometimes, they will get you. Once more, it is always best to travel with a Pilipino that you can trust to avoid most of the possible ripoffs and scams. The key here is you have to be able to trust them and that they will be loyal to you!

So on my $1400 SS budget, I can rent a new, 1 bedroom condo (52 sq meters), on the 25th floor, in a very good area of Cebu City (I.T. Park) at P17,000/mo (current exchange rate @$393/mo), unfurnished. Food at the many good quality grocery chains here (Metro, Rustans, SR, etc) around P10,000/mo (current exchange rate @231/mo), however, I buy a lot of organic and unprocessed foods though. Electric with A/C on "frugal/conservative temps" (81-83 F), new LG Ref, new Yamaha A/V Receiver and Samsung TV, new LG Washing Machine, Laptop Computer, new Phillips Induction Cooktop, Florescent lights, around P2,000-2,500/mo (current exchange rate @$46.30/mo - $58/mo). If my unit was furnished, it would run easily, P1,000-4,000 more per month (current exchange rate @$23/mo - $93/MO)! Add that up and it is cheaper to purchase your own energy efficient appliances and goods. Water is around P700/mo ($16/mo). Internet, which isn't slow, relatively fast and runs usually at 3G and 4G at P1,000/mo (current exchange rate @$24/mo). You won't find internet in the US for that great of a price!

I gave up internet dating and am currently taking my time to locate a "GOOD" "LOYAL," TRUSTWORTHY," Pilipina and it is hard because, many of them want to take you, an older man for your money and for acquiring their material trophies! ;-) But in all honesty, it is no different from any other 3rd world country in reality.
#Muhe on May 14, 2015 :
Hay there
Am planning to live in Cebu for a year or 2 I wanna know how much a condo rent would cost IN CITY CENTER 1 bedroomor studio plz not to ignore me as I need this info
#Peter on May 14, 2015 :
Just read that post about it all being that bad in cebu. I can not really agree on that. ...
#Bill on May 05, 2015 :
I lived in Cebu for over a year now. Sad to say, they try to scam you at every opportunity. My money was stolen, my phone has been snatched. After renting an apartment I was unable to get the 2 months deposit back. They knew I was leaving the country and not able to fight it. Cost of living is not as cheap as it seems, unless you want to eat at Shakey's or Jollibee every day. A well prepared meal with decent ingredients is impossible to find. It's simply not there. There very very few restaurants that I'd consider mid-range in my country. The ones I could find are even more expensive than at home, absolutely ridiculous.

Then there are the hordes of sleazy western guys walking around with their prostitutes. I don't know why they think any normal girl would be interested in some overweight fourty year old sex tourist. There is plenty of young, fresh guys here for them to choose from, so the only thing they catch are prostitutes and STDs.

The temperature is nice year round, however be aware of the typhoons which can get you stuck on the island. Also heavy rains and flooding are common, and the occasional earthquake.
#Jude Steven on Apr 21, 2015 :
I plan to live in the Phillipines with a Filipino woman. I'm looking for a mistress and not a wife. I will screw her every night and get her pregnant with many children.
#skype-billypatrick2010 on Apr 12, 2015 :
I read most of all these blogs. I wanted to move and live in Cebu. And now. I think that would be the biggest mistake to make. I thought Cebu was better to live there then manila. Can someone set it straight. Good or no Good Thanks Billypatrick
#Mrs James Griffith on Mar 05, 2015 :
We are looking for a housekeeper. We live in California.USA. I am wondering if there is a Philipina in Cebu who has a Passport/Visa or can obtain one, who would like to to work in the US.
If you are interested in this job E-mail me for more information.
Thank you.
#Daku on Feb 14, 2015 :
i have lived 5 years long in cebu city,i know what i talking.
And business not a good idea there too,especial programming and internet business,the whole dsl internet connections are a joke there,you cannot compare that to thailand.At least cambodia have better lines,just a warning for people dont invest there,if you do internet,call centers or programming,they will get your money thats the only reason they are friendly to you and never hire workers there,the 90% of people there are to lazy to work and waiting for steal to you.
Also the condo business is a big rip off there,any condo there is not worth the quarter of that,what is annonced,saw a lot are broke after the last quake.Dont be stupid and but any shit there.
Any business you try to invest,the pinoys in cebu just wait to rip you off there like the mafia,you complain they shot you patay(dead) and mana(finished) is it,nobody take dare about it. You be warned,at least manila is a safe place against things what happend in cebu and around.
#Cebuano on Feb 13, 2015 :
Hi all,

I'm from Cebu with a wife and a 1yr old daughter currently earning around 80K/month net (Gross around 115K/month). I'm currently being interviewed for a role and I'm contemplating if I should accept it if it pushes through. I'm asking around 120K/month net (175K/month gross) - is that a good deal?

Although 80K/month in Cebu is good, one thing I'm considering is the career opportunities in MNL compared to Cebu. I'm still 31 and moving to Manila means earning more in the next years to come as opposed to the opportunities getting higher pay in Cebu. You don't get much opportunities with that salary.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Is it:
1. Ask for more? or
2. Just stay in Cebu since 80K/month net in Cebu is ok already?

Your thoughts will be appreciated.

#Daniel Koof on Jan 10, 2015 :
I'm in Cebu right now for the Mardi Gras, pretty excited for the biggest mardi gras in Asia. However, hotel reservation is almost impossible! not because of price but because all hotels are now overbooked. We have managed to find a place to stay but it's outside city, a 30-minute ride from the center of Cebu where the street party will be held. Quite far probably $3 USD on taxi but still worth it, we're fronting an inexpensive white beach in this accommodation, with an infinity pool!

This is our 2nd time for the sinulog festival and we're excited to join the street party once again. It's an adventure of course, since you will need to be in the crowd of around 2 million people in the city that day. Cebu is awesome. Awesome food and very good people. I can compare it very well to Manila, where every people has his own life to mind, people here are honest and fun to be with.
#Will Alison on Jan 10, 2015 :
@Daku - totally not true. Cebu is known for its famous beaches, rich night life, history and good people. I doubt that you've ever gone to the place, since you've never mentioned about Fuente where the night life and destinations are. If yes, you might have gone to the province since you've mentioned there's no entertainment. I'm writing this to those who are planning to live and invest in Cebu for outsourcing.

I'm a Canadian and I have invested in Cebu for my online tech business. Bought a house outside the city with a beach front. There are of course plenty of beaches in Cebu, in fact that's what makes them very popular.

It's not "impossible to live in Cebu with under $2k". But if you want to live in the city for good, a decent salary in order to survive would be $1000 USD per month. The high cost of living is because Cebu is the 2nd biggest city in this country, which is by far better than either Manila or Davao in terms of overall satisfaction.

I am not sure where you're seeing cockroaches and just pickpockets or hookers. But every major city in Asia has them (I travel to over 12 countries already and trust me, I can tell the difference). I hire tech people, programmers and assistants from Cebu, which helped me grow my business hands-off. I always make sure that they're well paid, since they deserve it. Cebuanos are highly educated in my opinion, more than people in Manila (the capital) and the cost of living is lower, which means you can pay professionals around $500 - $2000 per month and they'll be alright ($2000 is by far a large sum for any Cebuano or Filo but I'm talking about high end programmers here).

When I say professional I mean really professional, not just certified. They're natural English speakers so the BPO industry is booming as the largest, and you can hire programmers who can do a lot for you in a month for $2000. This may seem like a lot, but if you're running a business, this is by far the best investment you have.

The caveat though is that people in Cebu can be very sensitive. This is probably because of their catholic background and the upbringing. Although they can adjust to the American culture and can work with you attitude, you MUST NEVER insult a Cebuano in a personal level or else you'll never gain back their full trust. They usually are very humble, which can be mistaken as intimidation, but they are very confident people but they tend to show their warm attitude through humility.

If you own a huge company, outsourcing in the Philippines can be easy but you may encounter a lot of bureaucracy in that matter. The government in the Philipinnes can be very corrupt! So you need to have a lot of money in hand for building rents and all that, so establishing a company can cost you almost the same amount in the US but you will get even in terms of the salary you pay your people.
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#Markme on Nov 25, 2014 :
Avoid the Island of Mindanao? Biggest mistake and your missing a lot...
You can go for Iligan, Cagayan de Oro,Davao or Gen San visit Manny Pacman for an autograph...seriously a lot of things ou will me miss me if you avoid Mindanao esp. Western Mindanao..
#Daku on Nov 15, 2014 :
Prices going skyrocket again there in cebu city,seems to be impossible there now,to survive with under 2k $ monthly,what i heard from friend still living there,and count that for you alone.And why you should do that,cebu city has nothing,no beaches,big airpollution very high visa rip offs,bad intenet connections,brownouts depends where you stay on daily basis,city traffic will soon collapse there.The weather is shit,raining everyday(except may),clouds all the time,typhoons,lots of earthquakes.Everyone who invest there,is an idiot,cause he will put the money in a big coffin.There is no nightlife and in the 2 discos in town it has only pickpockets and hookers.
The population grows there also so fast that food will be soon unpayable,the philippines can not support themself with enough food,thanks to corruption of the goverment,keep in mind what happend to you if people no more have to eat there.The food also is horrible and makes u sick very fast too.Also they have cockroaches in every kitchen,check that if you go outside for a dinner.
And if come to the hospital they will bribe u all the money out and ifs its away they release you more sick then before.
Stay away from the biggest expensive shithole of universe!

Other places in philippines are cheaper and better,or best go cambodia or thailand.You have been warned,cebu city is the worst place ever.
#Phillip Cole on Oct 31, 2014 :
How hard is it to get a large home? what would be the cost? What about near the ocean?
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Re: Your interest in property in Cebu or nearby. Kindly reply to

#Swe on Sep 25, 2014 :
Golf supplies are scarce (shoes, clothes, clubs, grips, repairs etc). No problem with tees, balls, etc.
#Swe on Sep 25, 2014 :
Golf is about $40. Bc you must have caddy and should have cart, its hilly. Nice course tho. Ill be back in cebu in oct. malls are great, good food. Taxi is maybe $8-10 each way. You can put your clubs in the trunk no problem. I am a member so playing with a member saves a few bucks. You will enjoy it.
#Swe on Sep 25, 2014 :
Golf is about $40. Bc you must have caddy and should have cart, its hilly. Nice course tho. Ill be back in cebu in oct. malls are great, good food. Taxi is maybe $8-10 each way. You can put your clubs in the trunk no problem. I am a member so playing with a member saves a few bucks. You will enjoy it.
#R. Singleton on Sep 24, 2014 :
First of all ignore Balud comments,at least most of them. He is paranoid to say the least. Cebu City is not more dangerous to westerners the any other city. Just use common sense and stay out of certain areas at past midnight. You must above all else have patience to live here because things are done on THEIR time and not yours. The cable company said they installer would be at my place between 10am and noon, but he showed up at 3pm with no apologies. Take it with a smile and move on. Find a honest gf or wife it will make settling in easier.
#Celsa on Sep 13, 2014 :
Hi Michael,

I live in Hillsboro, Oregon and from Cebu. I'm not familiar about playing golf in Cebu but I'll check my brother about the country club and let you know.
#Michael on Sep 03, 2014 :
Hi...I am Michael from Portland, Oregon USA-----want to take a trip to Cebu and stay for about a month. I want to bring my golf clubs and play some golf while I am there. I would be traveling alone with just a carry on bag and the golf clubs. I also want to meet some new people and even try to meet a girl...does anyone know generally how much it costs for a visitor to play Cebu Country Club and Alta Vista Country Club....? also any advice on an inexpensive place within a reasonable distance from the golf courses..? and what would be the best source of transportation knowing I have the golf clubs with me...? any advice on how to get along and get around would be nice......
#mark on Aug 24, 2014 :
After reading some of your comments I feel a little nieve...I am looking for a 6 month get away for some much needed R and R and I was thinking of the Philippines for almost next to nothing in cost and my next to nothing means $500.00 a month consisting of rent/lodging and utilities plus food in a good living environment but after reading some post I'm not confident can be done plus the R and R seems thrown out the window and one big daily hassle taking place...can somebody in simple terms tell me if I should be excited for a enjoyable 6 month break in the Philippines or maybe look elsewhere? ???
#Balud on Jul 30, 2014 :
Try to avoid cebu city and the whole island,they try all to rip you off there,at least if you fight back and argue about your money,expect to be killed there.All wants ur money there,here is no way to invest and everyone wants to steal your investment money ,foreigners and pinoys same same,do not trust anybody here.Everyday here a foreigner gets killed,you be warned,i was happy to escape from this country,now i live in thailand for the half cost of living,no big hassle here and nobody wants kill me.
#Anonymous on Jul 11, 2014 :

Your dream is not stupid. Sometimes, we dream something impossible.
#Giuseppe on Jul 08, 2014 :
Hello there!
I've got a question for you! If I rent a house in Italy, I can get about ₱ 20,000.
I want to live alone in a small house and unpretentious. I have no vices ...
Once the citizenship, can I use this money and live in peace in Cebu?
Maybe it's all a stupid dream but an answer is appreciated.
#grace on Jun 30, 2014 :
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#grace on Jun 26, 2014 :
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#Celsa on Jun 23, 2014 :
Let me know if you're interested of buying a property (land)in Cebu. E-mail me
#Anonymous on Jun 02, 2014 :
I am engaged to a beautiful cebuana who is carrying my baby i own a homeless shelter in california and have some investments in banking circles i want to open a homeless shelter in the philipines for children how much would it cost to procure land and have a building erected to house them Long with permits.
#Samsung on May 21, 2014 :
Why there is 1250php for a 6mb dsl line,a 6mbit dsl line is 4000php min monthly and is in truth a 3mb dsl example at sky,2000php for a 2mb ar pldt,if that works,the internet is the badest ever seen in whole asia here in cebu,so stay away from here if you do internet business.
#MK on May 09, 2014 :
Familiair with the Philippines for over 25 yrs now. Wonder if foreigners and their philippina spouses share my feeling of philippinos being greedy in general. Relatives close or far, ppl who you talk to and think theyre getting closer start asking CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!! No matter what time of the year, happens every month of the year. Really pisses me of. And dont tell me its the culture, for me its sheer greed and shameless.
LEWIS: Sorry to hear about those bad experiences of you. Didnt you ask for a title then or a abosolute deed of sale when you went to buy that house(and lot)??
#lewis on May 09, 2014 :
Been going to Cebu for 20 years, married 19 years to a Filipina happily after 3 marriages to non-Filipinas. Never trust anyone in phils. cos they will use you and cheat you at every turn. Do not wear valuables. Invested a lot of money there with a Bank manager; he stole it all even though I was close to his parents, wife and kids. Bought a nice house in Pardo then was told we only bought the house, then had to buy the lot it was built on. Laughable if it were not so tragic and my wife was ashamed for her people. They need good escrow companies to prevent swindles. Many more ripoff instances so beware. Forewarned is forearmed.
#Jokelover on May 08, 2014 :
By the way: Youre wrong about Bulacao not part of cebu city.
Bulacao is part of cebu city and part of Talsisay. Bulacao is split in 2 parts (Cebu city and Talisay)
#Jokelover on May 08, 2014 :
Hi Master
You talk about Talisay which is bordering Cebu City.
The example of this house is in a sub about 100mtrs across cebu city boarder in Talisay.So not really outside huh?
If you take the SRP from there,youre faster in down town Cebu than coming from Talamban to downtown for example cause the traffic is horrible in that whole area. It s a matter of calculation my friend. We ,as a couple, own a house in a (guarded)sub in Talisay
Lawaan. It takes me 15 min with the car from there over the SRP to get to the SM. Faster than from many places around the centre of Cebu city to downtown.
No offense but one has to be almost a thief of his own wallet to live in downtown cebu besides the
shit of traffic jams there.
Look at google earth master and see how much better the connection is from talisay to downtown compared to otherareas like Talamban to downtown.
#Master on May 08, 2014 :
Yeah Jokelover thats right,looking outside its cheaper,bulacao its a part of talisay city,but not cebu city itsself,thats also important for people look here at numbeo,cause people have to work here,cebu city,u know how crazy the traffic is if you coming from outside,u loose a lot of time,if i am retired i can live on bantanyan island or whereever and find much much cheaper rent,thats too very clear.But its going here about cebu city,not talisay city,lapu lapu city or anything in the metro cebu area or cebu island.
And for that, the cost of living values above are not right here.U should know,how much also prices are different if you go eat ,compare between cebu city or for example somewhere on Mactan, Danao or carcar,the prices can be easy the double,same for the rent and many other things too.
#Jokelover on May 08, 2014 :
Heres an example of a house in subdivision Bulacao to prove you it doesnt have to be that expensive as you and Brago claim. You just have to make a bit of an effort to find something.
Its even a house bigger then the appartment you talked about in sq mtrs.

here are the details:
3 bedrooms

with telephone and cable access

here are the details:
3 bedrooms

with telephone and cable access

this is situated at southgate subdivision (atbang sa East visayan Academy)bulacao talisay city cebu visit us or call us to appreciate
rental :before 25 thou now its 15 thou per month nalng fix
call rose @ 4918427/ 09236124047/ 09231419605 ..

this is situated at southgate subdivision (atbang sa East visayan Academy)bulacao talisay city cebu visit us or call us to appreciate
rental :before 25 thou now its 15 thou per month nalng fix
call rose @ 4918427/ 09236124047/ 09231419605 ..
#Jokelover on May 08, 2014 :
Hi Master
If you live in downtown Cebu for that price of 15 you shouldnt complain even.
In downtown London or Munich you pay a lot more hehe.
Everybody knows that living downtown is always more expensive then going a bit outside.
In Cebu You could think about Pardo, Bulacao, Basak. Distance to downtown is to neglect (3 to 5km)
If you live in east London the distance would be bigger to downtown.
Suggestion: Buy yourself a motor and live in the areas around downtown. Saves you thousands.
#Master on May 08, 2014 :
Haha jokelover show me any appartment for 10 to 15k monthly in "cebu city" and i invite whole night in cebu for drinking,brako is totally right. im renting now and i am still very lucky for 23k monthly in the city center, but they want soon raise to 28k,its furnished ,that will be still the cheapest to get on market here .60sqm2 condo mostly around 30 to 40k(700-900$) a month,for that price i get easy an appartment in some big cities in europe,maybe not in london,but according to ur billing i would get.
Also everwhere coming extra charges for condo dues together,which is another 4k(100us$),the electric prices in cebu city can be easy 100$(if you not use aircon),depends on the contract your condo owner has,i dont understand what u dream about in cebu city to get for 10/15k appartment, a 5sqm2 to 10sqm2 appartment/studio perhaps where is one bed and a toilet inside,thats it.
And if your not living in a guarded subdivision ,you will be get very fast visit inside ur room and maybe get shot for 10$,have fun to do that.It happend every day in cebu city,exspecial to foreigners.
#Jokelover on May 07, 2014 :
Brako , i dont know from which part of the universe youre from but if you compare prices of appartments or rooms with cities like London or Munich then you make a laughingstock of yourself if you claim that renting there is cheaper than in Cebu.
An average appartment in cebu is nowadays between 10 and 15K (fully furnished)
In London you pay for a (single bed) room already 100 to 150 pounds, equals 7 to 10K.
Appartment is about 500 pounds means about 35K.
In Munich the same as in London almost. Check the internet for that.
So much then for your comparison of prices.
Seems you try to take over the bullshitting you accuse the philino s of.
And believe me chap : Overcrowded and smokked big city in the Philippines? You should have seen Cebu City 15 yrs ago. In that time nobody cared about smok. Nowadays they implemented rules for a lot of things about environment and they seriously try to enforce those laws.
Youre right ofcourse about some things like being ripped off in several ways but again, believe me
they will try to do that to foreigners in any third world country.
#Brako on May 07, 2014 :
The prices are going skyrocket in cebu city,you must to expect for all to pay the double and get the half,this town is the biggest shithole, i ever see worldwide,and i saw many places in africa too,much better you look for other place in SE Asia,if you want a cheap living.For example a 6mb dsl line cost you around 100$us monthly and you can expect lots of outages,try to ripoffs from the company.Appartments are no more payable,rents in london zurich or munich are cheaper then here.Also as a plus everybody wants to rip off you here,ecspecially foreigners here in cebu,dont expect you got your deposit in this countries here back from your landlord.I was living more then 3 years in cebu city and you need easily 2k$ here monthly and you get nothing in return.Look out for thailand cambodia or other places,there are more value for your money and the places are more safer.Stay away from the overcrowded smog cities on the Philippines.
#Ruud on May 05, 2014 :
As an answer to Anonymou:
I laughed reading so much negative expressed feelings. Youre right about 1 thing though.
That Jaime Lim is an example of a philippino with dollar signs in his eyes. The value of that lot if it is a beachlot is about P500 to P1000 per sq mtr in that area. It has to be a real beachlot then otherwise the value will be about 100 to 200 piso per sq mtr.
THat Jonb is really not the foreigner i hope ppl in the Philippines and abroad look at as an exmaple. 3 former wifes and now the next one? I met foreigners before like that. Total scum!!
#letty on May 05, 2014 :
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#Anonymous on Apr 29, 2014 :
TO: Jaime Lim: I know Ginatilan. Your land is NOT worth P950,000- hahahahaha that is a joke! You might find SOME dumb westerner to buy it but NOT this one, I know what it is worth - almost NOTHING!
To: Derek (Mar 6: 2013) I have been ALL over the Philippines many times, many times. I find 98% of the population will rob or con you in any way they think they can get away with it. The police are corrupt as are the traffic controllers and every one else. You cannot do business or conduct paperwork properly as the place does not function properly. Prices are all over the place from low to expensive. Electrical appliances are more expensive than in western countries and motor vehicles are roughly the same or even a bit more than in western countries. Dont count on a proper mechanical repair. Things are half done and considered by them to be well done, schedules are not adhered to. The weather sucks big time and the dust that blows in can make you sick very quick if you accidentally in hale it. It is a shit hole of a place but I keep going back for some weird reason - I could NEVER live there for longer than 6 months - it would KILL me.
#dieter on Apr 18, 2014 :
I have been legally married to a filapina for 7 yrs we have a son I am interested in buying land in his name can this be done.he in born in php and is still there. Can any one get back to me an please be straight up no story teller
#Jon on Mar 29, 2014 :
My name is Jon and I live in Cebu with my Filipino wife. Would like to make some American friends here. Please e-mail me at
#jaime lim on Mar 22, 2014 :
Hello Phil. 2/10/2015

Saw your interest to live in Cebu.
I have a beachside property in Ginatilan, Cebu. It is 135km southwest and facung the Tanon Strait. But our people do their shopping in Dumaguete City.
My lot measures 11.5 wide x 15.00 deep with access to the sea. Land was originally used as farmland so there are trees around it. The area is only 177 s.m. but it has the makings of a little paradise. It is cut from a 520 sq. m. lot which I owned for 50 years covered by TD # 23-0012-09180
The price is P950,000.00 only. If you give me your email address, I can send you pics.
I also sell Condos in Cebu City.
Jim Lim